Patient List to Launch Open Source App

Chris Thorne | EHealth Insider | July 30, 2012

Patient List, the winners of the first NHS Hack Day, are set to release their open source software app next month, arguing that it has the potential to save the NHS £3m per year. Patient List replaces the traditional, paper-based task-lists created by junior doctors. It produces an electronic list of patients by connecting to a feed from a trust’s IT systems, such as a hospital patient administration system. The product, which is being developed by New Context Scotland, is to be released on an open-source platform and will be free to download.

The NHS Hack Day initiative aims to solve IT problems that are witnessed on a daily basis at health organisations across the UK. As reported by eHealth Insider in May, the app first shown at the first NHS Hack Day in London impressed a judging panel that included figures such as Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, the former chief medical officer for England. Dr Colin Brown, who was part of the successful team, told EHI that the system would improve patient safety, information governance and the overall efficiency of a junior doctor’s day...